3 people injured in fast running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — A fast-paced running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival left three thrill-seeking runners injured Monday, though none by goring, officials said.

The most dramatic moment came when one bull knocked into a runner. The beast's right horn smacked against the man just below its tip and knocked him backwards onto the cobblestone streets.

Three people were taken to two hospitals — one with a right arm injury, one hurt in the left leg and another injured in the left arm, Navarra Hospital Dr. Fernando Boneta said.

None of those injured was in serious condition and the regional government of Navarra, which encompasses Pamplona, later said in a statement that all three, a 23-year-old Canadian national and Spaniards aged 30 and 40 years old, had all been treated and released from hospital.

The run took just two minutes, 17 seconds and was led by a quick, muscular black bull of the Victoriano del Rio breeding ranch. The runs usually take around three minutes.

Monday's run was the sixth of eight during the centuries-old festival which commemorates Pamplona's patron saint, San Fermin.


Associated Press Writer Harold Heckle in Madrid contributed to this report.